Living in a remote area means that if you need a specialty item you either need to order it, or make it. In this case I decided to order a 10″ screw-in deck hatch. This will be mounted on the centre seat and allow access to a storage area through an 8″ opening: http://www.discountmarinesupplies.com/Beckson_Screw_Out_Deck_Plates.html. I will keep the boat’s items required by law in this compartment. It was clearly the cheapest deck plate that I found. I also ordered a couple of brass transom drain plugs ($2.00 ea.) and a dedicated boat knife – a drop point Spike by Cold Steel – very strong, very sharp, and very inexpensive.